Quality of Life Series

Quality of Life Lecture Series

This college's mission is an important one -- to educate students who are dedicated to improving quality of  life across the lifespan. Each of our schools is bringing an expert to speak to YOU about addressing the complex education, health, information, and human issues facing our society.

We've tasked our schools -- Schools of Education, Kinesiology, Leadership & Human Resource Development, Library & Information Science, and Social Work -- to find the BEST speakers in the nation to speak on topics that will change us all for the better.

Who should attend?

  • Students
  • Faculty/Staff
  • Community partners
  • Members of the community

No matter where you are in your life, career, or journey these speakers and sessions will inspire you and give you the tools to make positive changes in EVERY aspect of life. 

Event Details:

  • Every lecture is FREE, so bring a friend
  • Refreshments will be served
  • You may come to all lectures in the series - more dates and topics coming soon



November 2018 Speaker Info.

Thursday, November 2  |  225 Peabody Hall (on LSU's Campus)  |  5 p.m.  |  FREE to attend
Leadership Skills  | Gender Inclusiveness in the Workplace  |  Career Development
Featuring: Dr. Katina Sawyer


Are you interested in developing leadership skills that will be highly valued in a diverse economy? This lecture is for YOU! Did we mention it's FREE and open to everyone? Bring a friend and learn from our expert, Dr. Katina Sawyer. Dr. Sawyer will speak about men and women benefitting from gender equity in the workplace. You will learn how to become an inclusive leader at work and enhance your leadership capabilities. Dr. Sawyer is an associate professor in the department of psychology at Villanova University. She received her PhD in industrial/organizational psychology and Women's studies from Pennsylvania State University.

This lecture is brought to you by the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development.

Download the pdf flyer here.


Upcoming 2018:

March 1 | School of Kinesiology

March 6 | School of Education, part 1

March 15 | School of Education, part 2

April 13 | School of Library & Information Science

April 26 | School of Social Work

**Times, locations, and speakers to be announced soon




Past Lectures (2016/2017):

davisBrought to you by the School of Social Work, Dr. Larry Davis
Free and open to the public
Wednesday, April 26, 2017  |  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  |  Cook Conference Center

Davis will talk about race and social problems facing Louisiana and the United States. The Cook Conference Center is located on LSU's campus at 3848 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

Larry E. Davis, MA, MSW, Ph.D. is the Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is the Donald M. Henderson Professor. He is the director and founder of the Center on Race and Social Problems, which conducts applied social science on race, ethnicity, and color. Professor Davis received his PhD from the University of Michigan in Social Work and Psychology, and was a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis prior to his current position at the University of Pittsburgh.




daleTranslating Results of Our Down Syndrome Early Intervention Research to Design an Early Infant Obesity Prevention System

A public lecture by Dale Ulrich, Professor of Health & Fitness and Movement Science at the University of Michigan 

Thursday, February 9  |  3 p.m.  |  Lawton Room

Brought to you by the School of Kinesiology

Obesity is a very complex global problem. Ten to 14% of infants born in America are at risk to be obese by the age of 24 months. National attention and funding has turned to preventing obesity early in life rather than waiting for it to be diagnosed and then trying to correct the problem. Ulrich will summarize the results of several funded early motor intervention studies designed to improve health and functioning in infants with Down syndrome. Using these results, he will propose and justify a parent implemented system of physical activities to employ during infancy to help prevent rapid weight gain in infants who are at risk of early onset of obesity.





Finding Work-Life Balance: Are you really that off-kilter?  |  A public lecture by Russell A. Matthews, PhD

Thursday, November 17  |  3 p.m.  |  LSU Student Union, International Room 

FREE admission | parking available in the garage adjacent to LSU Barnes & Noble

Brought to you by the School of Human Resource Education & Workforce Development, Dr. Matthews spoke on unlocking the scientific secrets to maintaining the work-life balance. With more than ten years of practical experience consulting with regional and national organizations, city municipalities, and various government agencies, Dr. Matthews works with organizational stakeholders to identify and implement solutions in order to make meaningful contributions to improve employee quality of life.

Attendees received tailored information on how to modify and improve personal balance, hands-on self-assessment of your levels of imbalance and overload, and approaches on how to effectively balance school, work, friends, and family.



Thank you for attending!